Q: Why do you think that veganism has become so popular in recent years?
Jane: I think there are many reasons ranging from ethical, ecological and for health benefits, also the range of ingredients and the knowledge of how to use them has made it more accessible.
In the past, there was a stigma to veganism and some very bad press, but it has become far more mainstream, and vast numbers of people have become interested in the possibilities available to them, even if they don’t want to commit to full time veganism.
Q: What is your go-to ingredient when you’re experimenting with new recipes?
Jane: Chillies,garlic and ginger just go together.
Q: Do you think the ingredients in your book are easy to come by/affordable?
Jane: Most of them are affordable and fairly common place these days, but some are quite unusual, for example, banana blossom which I have only found online.
Q: Because you are so used to making vegan food, does it make you more conscious of what food you are eating normally?
Jane: Growing up on the farm, the importance of good animal husbandry was always impressed upon me by my father. The animals in his care were always well fed and kept in immaculate conditions, and there was no compromise in his welfare standards. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, particularly in factory farming, so I always try to ensure that the food that I buy has traceability and is ethically farmed. Also, since writing the book, and having tested so many recipes, I have found that I actually really do like vegan food!
Q: Do you think that your book will be helpful for people who are considering veganism?
Jane: I don’t think anybody should feel any sense of failure if they are only part time vegans, many people just want to reduce their intake of meat and dairy, and I’d really like to think that those people would find some inspiration in my book. I think it’s all about personal choice, and nobody should be vilified by what they choose to, or not to eat.
Q: Will you consider writing another vegan cookbook in the future?
Jane: Yes, definitely! I already have a few in the pipeline!